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Eric Coates

Photograph copyright of the National Portrait Gallery NPG x86751

Eric Coates, 1886-1957

Lived at: 7 Willifield Way

Profession: Composer of light classical music

About his life:
  • Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, primarily focusing on the viola and composition
  • Suffered from pain in his left hand and numbness in his right, symptoms of the neuritis that affected him during the last years of his career as a violist
  • Composed light orchestral works such as the suite Joyous Youth and Phantasies
  • Composed music for Columbia Gramophone, attracting much interest, including from Elgar
  • Wrote Calling All Workers for the Red Cross during the Second World War, which the BBC  used as a signature tune

Eric Coates
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